Tag: Dire Straits

Value for money

I wonder if Dire Straits would have been as famous if they had called their song that… Value for money, and the chicks are free… and entirely different proposition.

Thanks to all for some wonderful suggestions on how to spend &10. Ohh and I see some people have posted similar on their website, have I FINALLY started a meme? Is that all it takes?! Yay. Feel free to pilfer, it’s all free anyway (but be nice and link back!).

[cue man in shed from The Fast Show]

This week I will mostly be posting silly things as there ain’t much going on with me at the moment*.

Now, this has never really stemmed the flow of my bloggings (although I hear you can get a cream that will clear up the associated rash) and so whilst I would love to be able to predict what I’ll be rambling on about all I can say is, as ever, turn up and see. Nowt new there, eh?!

Ohh how rude of me, did you all have a good weekend. Bit damp in Scotland yesterday but we still managed a BBQ on Saturday. A good traditional Scottish BBQ. Cook outside, eat inside. Ohh and of course you have to cook the last few pieces of butchered cow whilst juggling your beer in one hand and an umbrella in the other. It’s tradition!

How was YOUR weekend?

* not strictly true of course, but it’s mainly work stuff. Ohh and the small matter of my wife’s birthday on Thursday.

20 Tracks Meme

Blame Armin, even if he has the cheek to ‘tag’ people despite avoiding most of the questions himself! Put a bit of effort in man!

1. A track from your early childhood
Save All Your Kisses For Me by Brotherhood of Man. They wore dungarees. I wore dungarees, although mine were a homage to Oor Wullie. And yes, I knew the dance. Rumour has it I still knew it years later when it came on at a ‘disco’… lies I tell you!

2. A track that you associate with your first love
Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns ‘N’ Roses. Because it’s either that or something by Roxette… ick. I’ve mentioned this before.

3. A track that reminds you of a holiday trip
Telegraph Road by Dire Straits. First camping trip to France when I was 15, recently discovered Dire Straits back catalogue (this wasn’t long after Brothers in Arms). Probably the first time I heard (or actually listened to) a song that told a story. Ohh and I’ve mentioned this before too.

4. A track that you like but wouldn’t want to be associated with in public
None. Not even Save All Your Kisses For Me. Honest.

5. A track that accompanied you when you were lovesick
And So It Goes by Billy Joel. Still makes me blub like a baby.

6. A track that you have probably listened to most often
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Well, come on!!

7. A track that is your favourite instrumental
Classical is instrumental, right? Probably Gymnopedie No 1 by Satie.

8. A track that represents one of your favourite bands
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Well, come on!! (this is easy this!)

9. A track which represents yourself best
Times Like These by the Foo Fighters. “I am a little divided.”

10. A track that reminds you of a special occasion (which one?)
You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker. The occasion, my wedding day.

11. A track that you can relax to
Teardrop by Massive Attack.

12. A track that stands for a really good time in your life
Loch Lomond by Runrig. Probably tainted by nostalgia but it was the best of times with friends all gathered on the banks of the very Loch we were all singing about, fireworks blazing over head and tears of happiness streaming down my face. Lorraine Kelly quite enjoyed herself too.

13. A track that is currently your favourite
From the Ritz to the Rubble by the Arctic Monkeys. A wonderful example of storytelling. And yes, I know I’m supposed to be too old to like them but their strength lies in their resonance (he said, not quite sure of what he means but very sure of what he’s trying to convey).

14. A track that you’d dedicate to your best friend
There Comes A Time by Martin Stephenson. For my mate Ian.

15. A track that you think nobody but you likes
Plug It In by Basement Jaxx (featuring one of the blokes from N’Sync). Best track on the album by far.

16. A track that you like especially for its lyrics
Ooberman by Shorley Wall. As previously mentioned.

17. A track that you like that’s neither English nor German
Amor Verdadero by Afro-Cuban All Stars. Languid and very very Latin. If this doesn’t get yer hips moving you need a replacement or two!

18. A track that lets you release tension best
Calm like a bomb by Rage Against the Machine. IGNITE IGNITE IGNITE, shouted over some rasping huge power chords, nicely distorted. Rage indeed.

19. A track that you want to be played on your funeral
Hmm not something I’d really thought about.. dunno for sure, but definitely something upbeat to finish with. Barber’s Adagio for Strings would be nice too… bit sad though.

20. A track that you’d nominate for the “best of all times” category
Hotel California by The Eagles. ‘Cos it’s a great track.

Again, no tagging. Baton, grab, etc etc.

Musical Meme

Don’t do these often but I’m lacking inspiration – via Lyle and Uborka

1. What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
48.8 GB at time of writing (9217 songs to be precise).

2. The cd you last bought is:
Still waiting to be delivered! The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom.

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
Sabotage by the Beastie Boys, all of 30 seconds ago (currently playing The Truth by Handsome Boy Modelling School).

4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you

    Telegraph Road – Dire Straits.
    Reminds me of family holidays in France when I ‘discovered’ Dire Straits early albums (on chrome tape no less!).
    Queen and The Soldier – Suzanne Vega.
    Because it’s a great great song.
    Teardrop – Massive Attack.
    Put it on, turn it up loud, close your eyes and float away.
    Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses.
    First single I bought Louise “I’d hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain”.
    Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters.
    Was from an album that I used to raise my spirits, I was looking to the sky to save me and it did.

Note: I’m surprised at how mainstream the above list is, truth is I listen to music in spurts, focussing my attention on a few albums at a time, then I move on. Very few songs every get to come back around (until I discovered MP3s and the ‘shuffle’ option that is!)

5. Who are you going to pass this stick to? (3 persons) and why?
Lyle.. no no he’s done it. The musicality that is Troubled Diva? Hmmm he’s not even finished his current project, I wouldn’t do that to him. Would Peter do it or just talk about doing it? (I’m hoping he does, what with his radio background) Hanni maybe? Would Caroline manage to NOT list a u2 track? Gosh, I dunno.